Con­cus­sions part ‘of our game,’ brady says

North Bay Nugget - - CLASSIFIEDS - Jimmy Golen CBS Sun­day Morn­ing.

FoXbor­ough, mass. — tom brady doesn’t worry about con­cus­sions and con­sid­ers them part of play­ing foot­ball, the New eng­land pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back says in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view to be broad­cast this week­end.

“i’m not obliv­i­ous to them,” brady tells “i mean, i un­der­stand the risks that, you know, come with ... the phys­i­cal na­ture of our game.”

brady’s wife, su­per­model gisele bund­chen, had said in a may in­ter­view that the quar­ter­back has had un­re­ported con­cus­sions and she wor­ried about his long-term health. a joint NFL and play­ers union in­ves­ti­ga­tion found this week there was no ev­i­dence that brady or the team failed to fol­low the league’s poli­cies or pro­ce­dures on con­cus­sions.

a five-time Su­per bowl cham­pion and two-time league mVp, brady had one of his best sea­sons ever last year at the age of 39. af­ter miss­ing the first four games to serve his “de­flate­gate” sus­pen­sion, he threw for 3,554 yards and 28 touch­downs with only two in­ter­cep­tions, lead­ing the pa­tri­ots to their fifth NFL ti­tle by ral­ly­ing them from a 25-point deficit to the first over­time vic­tory in Su­per bowl his­tory.

the net­work said co-host No­rah o’don­nell in­ter­viewed brady mul­ti­ple times, both at his sub­ur­ban bos­ton home and at his tb12 Sports ther­apy Cen­ter near the pa­tri­ots’ sta­dium. Now 40, brady re­peated his de­sire to con­tinue play­ing un­til he is 45 — some­thing no non-kicker has done in mod­ern NFL his­tory.

“i do want to go out on my terms,” he said. “i do want go out play­ing my best.”

the NFL has strug­gled to come to terms with the danger of con­cus­sions and the life­time health risks they pose. the league this year agreed to pay as much as $1 bil­lion to for­mer play­ers who have been di­ag­nosed with post-con­cus­sion symp­toms that could in­clude the de­gen­er­a­tive brain dis­ease chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy.

the NFL has also cre­ated gameday pro­ce­dures in an at­tempt to iden­tify con­cus­sions when they hap­pen and keep con­cussed play­ers from re­turn­ing to the game.

in light of a re­cent study that found Cte in the brains of 110 of the 111 for­mer NFL play­ers that were stud­ied, o’don­nell asked brady what he thought the ef­fect would be on the league.

“i don’t know what the fu­ture is go­ing to look like, you know, and i’m not go­ing to pre­tend to pre­dict it,” brady says. “and i’m go­ing to do ev­ery­thing i can to take care of my body in ad­vance of the, you know, of the hits that i’m go­ing to take on Sun­day.”

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